Book reviewed in this article:

THE SHAPING OF AMERICA: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History. Vol. 3: TRANSCONTINENTAL AMERICA, 1850–1915. By D. W. Meinig.

SIERRA CROSSING: First Roads to California. By Thomas Frederick Howard.

BATTLING THE ELEMENTS: Weather and Terrain in the Conduct of War. By Harold A. Winters, with Gerald E. Galloway Jr., William J. Reynolds, and David W. Rhyne.

ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT IN THE CARIBBEAN: Barbados and the Windwards in the Late 1800s. By Bonham C. Richardson

THIRD WORLD POLITICAL ECOLOGY. By Raymond L. Bryant and Sinéad Bailey

HERITAGE ON STAGE: The Invention of Ethnic Place in America's Little Switzerland. By Steven D. Hoelscher.